Picture A World Without Breast Cancer
September 14, 2012
These ladies above would love for women never to have to fear getting breast cancer. I wish I could wave a fairy wand and make it go away.
My own experience with breast cancer started when I worked for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City as a research assistant. I was fascinated by cancer biology and thrilled to get a job out of college in the field of cancer research.
When you study cancer, you realize pretty quickly that there will never be a cure like there is for something like Chicken Pox. Breast cancer is caused by a cell that starts to grow in an abnormal fashion and, sadly, your immune system fails to purge it from your system.
The cells are all different so it is hard to target this disease like infectious diseases. But, we can’t give up hope for treatments that will work.
One close friend and one of my relatives have had breast cancer. I am happy to say that my friend (who was diagnosed at 29) is HERE and has two beautiful boys. They caught it early enough for her to live a long, long life.
My relative died at the too young age of 63, after having walked in a few “End Breast Cancer” walks herself. I miss her every day.
I wish I had a wand for all of us who miss the women in our lives who died from this disease. Instead of wand, you can go on a walk.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society's nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).